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How To Clean White Shoelaces: Steps / Photos

Learn how to clean your white shoelaces

Welcome to our article on how to clean white shoelaces.

Many people forget to clean their shoelaces while cleaning their shoes, which is a big mistake. Often the dirtiest part of your shoe is your shoe laces, and by simply cleaning the laces, you can revive a dirty pair of sneakers.

Once you have finished the steps below, before you have re-laced your shoes, look at the aglets to see if they need replacing or any extra cleaning.

How To Clean White Shoelaces

What You'll Need:

  • Washing machine
  • Mesh laundry bag
  • Bleach
this is a photo of a washing machine which you will need to clean your shoelaces
Washing machine
this is a photo of a mesh laundry bag
Mesh laundry bag
this is a bleach which you will need to wash your shoelaces

How To Clean White Shoelaces

Keeping white shoelaces white can definitely be a challenge.  You’ll have the best success with baking soda or bleach and here’s how to clean white shoelaces effectively with them.

To make sure your whole shoe ensemble is the best looking it can be, we have put together these ultimate shoe & shoelace guides for you.

1. Put shoelaces into mesh laundry bag

Place your shoelaces in mesh laundry bag, or knotted pillowcase to prevent laces from getting tangled with other items

this is a photo of shoelaces inside a mesh laundry bag

2. Place shoelace bag into the washer

Place mesh laundry bag or pillow case with shoelaces in washing machine.

this is a photo of white shoelaces inside of a mesh laundry bag into the washing machine

3. Add bleach to the wash

When it’s time to add detergent, add ½ cup of bleach (some laundry machines have a slot meant for bleaching agents.)

this is a photo of bleach being added to the washing machine

4. Start the wash on your shoelaces

Run a regular wash cycle.

this is a photo of tall paul pushing the start button the washing machine to wash shoelaces

5. Remove shoelaces and hang to dry

When cycle is complete remove shoelaces from laundry bag or pillowcase and hang to dry.

this is a photo of white shoelaces hanging to dry

How To Clean White Shoelaces With Baking Soda

Total Time: 1 hr

Cost: $0

1. Grab a bucket

In a bucket add 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda

2. Put laces into solution

Places your white laces in the solution for a minimum of 15 minutes

3. Remove laces from solution

Remove shoelaces from the solution and rinse under warm water

4. Rub soap on laces

Rub dishwashing soap on shoelaces and rub together gently .

5. Remove old stains

Use a soft toothbrush to remove old stains and dirt .

6. Rinse shoelaces

Rinse shoelaces under warm water again

7. Sprinkle on baking soda

For extra whitening, sprinkle baking soda on shoelaces and let sit for 10 minutes

8. Rinse shoelaces again

Rinse the shoelaces one final time

9. Hang shoelaces

Hang shoelaces to dry.

How To Clean White Shoelaces With Bleach

Total Time: 1 hr

Cost: $0

When cleaning shoes laces with bleach, keep in mind bleach will dull or remove colour, cleaning shoelaces with bleach is ideally recommended for white shoelaces.

1. Wear rubber gloves

Always wear rubber gloves, as bleach and other detergent can cause harm to skin

2. Prepare two buckets

Prepare two buckets, one for a bleach solution and one for a detergent solution

3. Add bleach

In the first bucket add 4 cups of warm water and 2 ¼ teaspoons of bleach.

4. Add laundry detergent

In the second bucket add 4 cups of warm water and ½ teaspoon of laundry detergent

5. Submerge shoelaces

Fully submerge shoelaces in the bleach solution and let sit for 5 minutes

6. Remove shoelaces

Remove shoelaces from the bleach solution solution and rinse shoelace in the laundry detergent solution

7. Rinse shoelaces

Rinse shoelaces with clean water

8. Hang shoelaces to dry

Hang shoelaces to dry.


To whiten your shoelaces, you must use soap, baking soda, vinegar or bleach.

You clean your shoes by hand by putting on a pair of rubber gloves, then washing the shoelaces in a tub of water mixed with soap, baking soda, vinegar or bleach.

Get your shoelaces white again with baking soda, laundry detergent or vinegar if you do not want to use soap.

Written and reviewed by
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow, standing at an impressive 6'7 (201cm) and weighing 225lb (102kg), is a mental health speaker, fashion expert, and ex-athlete who excels at helping tall men find well-fitting clothing and teaching them how to style it effectively. As a model in the fashion and film industries, Paul shares his expertise in tall men's fashion, offering valuable advice on measurements, tailoring, and alterations. In addition, he founded Never Alone, an organization that provides mental health and therapy inspiration, and started the Mental Growth Newsletter to support those facing mental health challenges, drawing from his own experiences.

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